Control of the Internet

The Drudge report had a link to a CNET article titled:

“Bill would give Obama emergency control of internet”

I was curious of course and followed the link which took me to CNET.   If you are not familiar with CNET, it is a website all about technology.  I have long trusted CNET,  have used their reviews when purchasing and guides/forums to make that technology work!  Great site.

Anyway, I was very surprised to see this article on CNET–this is not where I would go to see political news.   Here is a snippet from the article:

CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency

S. 773   is titled Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (Introduced in Senate), just follow the link to read the bill yourself.

Here is a snippet right out of the bill:

(13) President Obama said in a speech at Purdue University on July 16, 2008, that `every American depends–directly or indirectly–on our system of information networks. They are increasingly the backbone of our economy and our infrastructure; our national security and our personal well-being. But it’s no secret that terrorists could use our computer networks to deal us a crippling blow. We know that cyber-espionage and common crime is already on the rise. And yet while countries like China have been quick to recognize this change, for the last eight years we have been dragging our feet.’ Moreover, President Obama stated that `we need to build the capacity to identify, isolate, and respond to any cyber-attack.’.

(terrorists is my emphasis) I thought that Homeland Security told us the ‘war on terror’ was over, we don’t call them terrorists anymore.  But since President Obama gave the speech last year, it is really old news anyway, right.  So which is it–terrorists or not.

Oh, and did you see we are going to model our internet security after China!!!  The land of the not free.

This bill permits the president to take temporary control of private networks during a cybersecurity emergency.  This gives the president more power…declare a cybersecurity emergency, take control of private networks–yours or your company.

That is not all folks.  Not only that, but now IT security folks will need to become licensed by the government and it will be unlawful for them to provide security services for the Federal agency or a critical network as defined by the president or his designee.  This is just more bureaucracy.

Here is another snippet:

SEC. 17. AUTHENTICATION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES REPORT.

    Within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the President, or the President’s designee, shall review, and report to Congress, on the feasibility of an identity management and authentication program, with the appropriate civil liberties and privacy protections, for government and critical infrastructure information systems and networks.

This is the entire wording for this section, what do you think this is all about… sounds like how to manage your identity, accounts, passwords.   I would think authentication systems were already in place, so what does this really mean?

Here is the definition of critical infrastructure information systems included in the bill:

(3) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND UNITED STATES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS- The term `Federal Government and United States critical infrastructure information systems and networks’ includes–

(A) Federal Government information systems and networks; and

(B) State, local, and nongovernmental information systems and networks in the United States designated by the President as critical infrastructure information systems and networks.

Let your Senator know what you think about this bill

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